Hyperlinks are the citation system in pretty much all web-based writing—the footnotes of the internet. We will use them here for a couple purposes.
First, we use hyperlinks to direct our reader to the specific parts of our website that are immediately relevant to what you’re trying to communicate. So, for example, you might mention your independent project in your introductory page; perhaps you might want to link them directly to the page where you discuss the project itself at length.
Second, we use hyperlinks to direct our reader to other websites—especially when the information on those sites is being used to evidence a point we’re making. So, for example, you’re discussing the mission of the organization we’re partnering with; in that case, you might want to direct your reader to that mission statement, if it’s available online.
To create a hyperlink:
- From your portfolio website, find the page to which you want to add a hyperlink.
- Click on “Edit Page” at the top.
- In the text box, write and highlight the words you want to serve as the link.
- Click the chain-link button (11 icons from the left at the top of the text edit box).
- Select the page you want to link to under “link to existing content.”
- Copy and paste the full URL of an external site. Be sure not to repeat the “http://”.
- Click the “add link” button.
- Note that the link won’t work in the text editing box; it only works on the outwardly-facing page.
- Click “Update” to save your changes.
- Go to the page itself and double-check to make sure the link takes the reader where you want them to go!